As World breastfeeding week commenced from August 1 to 7th, 2020, a member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02 has encouraged mothers not to be weary in breastfeeding their babies, irrespective of the challenges they may face.
The lawmaker, who is the Chairman House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning in a statement made available by his media team, affirmed that it is mandatory for mothers to Breastfeed babies for 6months as stated by WHO and UNICEF.
Recall that recently, the Nigerian government increased maternity leave to four months, as part of the efforts to enhance breeding.
Yishawu who aligned with WHO and UNICEF said, “The theme of World breastfeeding week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. In line with this theme, emphasis is placed on governments protecting and promoting women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counseling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.
“We have to do what is required to give support to breastfeeding mothers, especially within the work space”.
He urged private sector enployers to give female employees the months specified by UNICEF and WHO to breastfeed their babies.
Yishawu went on to wish all mothers good health while carrying out this God-given responsibility.
Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. And it forms part of a sustainable food system. But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding.